John Morrison is a writer, DJ, and sample-flipper from Philadelphia. As a writer, his work has appeared in NPR Music, Bandcamp Daily, Jazz Tokyo, Grammy.com, and more. He is also the host of Culture Cypher Radio, a hip-hop radio show on NPR member station WXPN.
With myriad examples of American harm to Black people, Masta Ace sums up an ambient feeling perfectly — flatly concluding that it's like someone took "the welcome mat and put a torch to it."
Over a bouncy, drum-heavy groove and dreamy keys, Moonchild lead singer Amber Navran tries to put things back in order after a relationship goes sour.